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Nonprofit group advocating more and better transit throughout Greater Detroit, including better buses and new rapid transit.

Feb 7, 2022, 11 tweets

Auburn Hills City Council is considering their "local transit options" which might include opting out of @smartbusorg.

More than a dozen people in attendance with no effort to provide any seating. Will be given 1 minute each to comment. Told to keep disturbances down.

Public comments have included @oaklandu students, former @AuburnHillsMI workers, nearby residents who use the AH buses, and people throughout the area concerned about maintaining essential transit services.

The new General Manager of @smartbusorg spoke briefly about their willingness to address the concerns from @AuburnHillsMI about slow bus maintenance and communications.

Here are the options they're considering:

Their cheapest option would cut all fixed route service and only provide paratransit M-F with just 5 vehicles.

Mayor complains that only a few hundred people ride fixed route and that Great Lakes Crossing said losing SMART would have "little to no impact." Robust debate.

Frustrating to hear a relatively supportive councilman say, "I'm lucky enough to not have to ride the bus. We got 4 or 5 cars." Right after explaining that his son loves riding transit in Boston and the Bay area.

Lots of debate but they don't seem to look at their own numbers - they can't save money without eliminating service for all non-disabled residents!

This is what their team recommends. Elimanate service for everyone but seniors and people with disabilities.

MTG RESULT: The @AuburnHillsMI City Council decided to direct their attorney to draft up ballot language to run their own 0.5 mil tax to run senior sevices - with the assumption they will OPT-OUT of SMART.

But the opt-out decision is not final.

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